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Tasty Remembrance: Hot Doug's & Honey Butter Fried Chicken Create Sandwich

It's been a year since Hot Doug's closed, so Honey Butter decided to do something special.

Doug Sohn accepting a Honey Butter Fried Chicken delivery on the day Hot Doug's closed.
Doug Sohn accepting a Honey Butter Fried Chicken delivery on the day Hot Doug's closed.
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The kinship between Avondale restauranteurs Doug Sohn and the crew behind Honey Butter Fried Chicken was demonstrated last year on the day Hot Doug's served its final sausage. A delivery team from Honey Butter made it past the long line and dropped off lunch for Sohn. It was a heartwarming gesture, and that friendship continues, as HBFC and Sohn have just unveiled a special sandwich to raise money for charity.

The sandwich, named "The Doug Sohn," sits on a poppy seed bun and consists of fried chicken topped with Green River (as in the soda)-pickled shallots. There's also Half Acre beer mustard, celery salt, pickled Fresno peppers, plus cherry tomatoes.

Those sandwiches were what HBFC dropped off on that final day's delivery, Sohn said. But he never got try them: "The staff ate them all and didn't leave one for me," Sohn texted. "That's the real reason I fired everyone at the end of the shift that day!"

In all seriousness, Sohn wrote that he's stoked to finally try the sandwich. $1 from each $8-sandwich will go toward the Shriver Center, a Chicago charity Sohn selected which assists the poor going through several crises including foreclosures, domestic violence and health care-related woes. The sandwich is available from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, as the latter date marks the one-year anniversary of Hot Doug's closing. Sohn will appear from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 30 at Honey Butter to kick off the sandwiches' sales.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Sohn have also collaborated at Piece Pizza on pies which raised money for Pilot Light.

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